Tupu Empress Brooch - Black Top
Please note that there is a limit of one brooch (regardless of colorway) per person.
This limited edition Tupu Empress Brooch brings sophistication and class with a fun, pretty twist. Handcrafted with paint and acrylic, it'll give you a unique style to dress up any look! Wear it with royal flair!
This brooch was designed by The Urban Pinup of TuPu Art and made by Lillian*Madison.
- Height: 2 3/4"
- Width: 3"
Each Lillian*Madison® brooch will arrive signed and dated on the back with a gift box.
Each brooch is unique. They are all painted, assembled, and finished entirely by hand.
Design © 2023 TuPu Art®. All rights reserved.
Message from The Urban Pinup:
I'm known as Theurbanpinup or TuPu for short and I am a freelance illustrator (or as I like to say "doodler") & pin-up from London.
For as long as I can remember I've always had a passion for three things: the 40's/50's, anime and drawing. Being a 90's baby I grew up on a lot of anime - (shout out to all my fellow Sailor Senshi's)- as well as re- runs of classic 1940's cartoons and tons of Barbie dolls. I found these to be empowering and would prance about daydreaming I was a vintage movie star one minute then a crime- fighting-magical-gal the next. Unable to find any dolls that looked like me I would often turn to creating retro- style paper dolls but in my image (puffy hair and all!).
Growing up in London enabled me to be submerged in so many subcultures, which not only influenced who I am, but also influenced my art. As I got older I was able to hone in on my love for the 1950's but wanted to add my own flair to it (which I am still working on) hence the sometimes "urban" or "lolita" elements in my personal style. In my own life I guess I would describe myself as a "50's obsessed- 90's ganagta rap listening- video game playing-Disney loving- lolita& cosplaying- black pin-up" (phew that's a mouthful!) I adore the idea of being an undefined mix of different interests because it's little unique quirks like this that make the world and people so interesting. It's something I wish to fully embrace and showcase more to the world in future.
Anyhoo, this is also true of my art which draws its influence from a mix of so many cartoons and people around me. The one thing that stood out to me was the fact that the pin-up world was filled with so many different, unique and interesting people and as I said; it's little unique quirks like this that make the world super duper interesting and inspiring.
As a result I wanted to create art that represented this, therefore I decided to pick up the pencil once again, on a mission to represent all the different and beautiful pin-ups and women I saw while adding in elements of manga/anime. For me there's nothing more satisfying than seeing the smile of someone I've doodled, knowing that person now has a little something that represents who they are - their uniqueness.
As a child I would spend ages daydreaming about magical anime worlds with a 50's twist and now I want to try and recreate this both in real life as well as through my art. Though my style is still continuously developing, I just hope I can push myself to create kawaii doodles, dolls and more for you all - adding a bit of nostalgic magic to the pin-up world in my own way.
Much love to you all xoxo >.<